Feds: Zhu Zhu Pets OK
Chemical levels don't violate standards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2009 9:06 PM CST
Zhu Zhu Pets.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamsters—one of the holiday season's hottest toy crazes—do not violate safety standards, federal toy regulators say after a consumer group raised concerns over the presence of a heavy metal on one model. The toy "is not out of compliance," says a spokesman for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission—though the agency did not test the toy.

Earlier today, claims by a California-based consumer group that the Mr. Squiggles model contained a potentially harmful heavy metal in a Mr. Squiggles model of the robotic hamsters fell apart when GoodGuide said the way it got its test results is not recognized by the CPSC for judging whether a toy is hazardous.